Caren’s Cancer War Chest

Update posted by Angelo Racoma On Oct 09, 2018

We would again like to seek some help, in terms of contributions and social shares (hoping this reaches the right people).

Since Friday, Caren has been admitted at the hospital being treated for pneumonia, and doctors have found that she now has a drug-induced heart condition, which they are trying to manage (due to the chemo and targeted drugs Herceptin and Doxorubicin, which are notorious for some heart-related side effects) -- congestive heart failure, and cardiomyopathy.

Unfortunately, I could not stay with her, as I am managing work, the kids, and household as well, so I try to drop by when I can.

Hopefully she can get discharged within the week, once infection is addressed and the heart condition improves.

Would appreciate any support you can send her way, in terms of prayers, words, contributions or social shares!

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Update posted by Angelo Racoma On Sep 06, 2018

Hello everyone.

I'd like to take this opportunity to ask for another round of social shares for our crowdfunding campaign. For Caren's past 3 cycles, we've been receiving PCSO subsidy of P70K, which is a big help considering each cycle costs P130K (83k of this is Herceptin, plus the rest is chemo, PF, and other meds like Filgrastim for WBC).

We recently learned, though, that PCSO is limiting its daily budget due to a recent audit. A few contacts of ours who also get chemo subsidy have shared that their assistance was reduced from 80k to only 20k. Thus, we are worried that we might not be able to get enough subsidy for our next cycle.

This is actually Caren's last chemo cycle (8th), although Herceptin -- the targeted treatment that addresses the aggressive HER2 receptor -- will continue for 14 cycles more. Her upcoming Herceptin is free (from Roche Patient Support Program), but the meds cost around 40K if not subsidized. If the meds are billed to PCSO, there is a big discount (around 1/3 of the price) -- so in the event we are approved a lower amount, at least there is a big discount.

We were actually banking on PCSO's help so we could at least get this entire cycle (almost) free of charge. Caren is scheduled to be infused tomorrow, but so far PCSO has not given feedback about our latest application, which we sent in two weeks ago.

Thank you so much to colleagues, classmates, relatives, and friends who contributed in our first round of fund raising. We have a long way to go. Any social share or contribution would be very helpful.

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